Submitted by NAEC | Oct 27, 2011

Photo: Back Row:  Mike, Terry, Anthony, Desiree, Front Row: Robin, Lydia and Abby

The students of North Addington Education Centre will be suiting up in their favourite costumes on October 31 and knocking on your door! They will be asking for non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the local food bank.

About a dozen secondary students will be spreading out between Flinton, Northbrook, and Cloyne to collect non-perishable food items, instead of tricking or treating for candy. The secondary students organized a very successful food drive last Christmas, and the elementary food drive in June assisted the food bank in stocking their shelves for the summer. The students are not strangers to supporting the community who supports them.

According to participant and grade 11 student, Abby Burtch, “I’m at an age where it doesn’t feel right trick or treating for candy, but this is a really good way to help out and still hang out with friends on Halloween”.

We’re asking community members to contribute what they can. We will be having three to four students canvassing each community between approximately 5 and 8pm. They will be wearing NAEC ID tags and a very large smile. We are going to try our best to visit as many households as possible, but if you have contributions and the food is not picked up, please call Ms. Bovard throughout the week at 613-336-8991 and we will pick it up.

On behalf of students and staff, the principal, Angela Salmond, would like to thank the community for their contributions to our food drive efforts over the last year: “The response we have received is overwhelming. We would not be able to organize events like this without the support of very generous families in this community. I am proud to see students take ownership of the area in which they live.

If you see students in the community and they are ‘trick or eating’, feel free to ask them to sing or dance for your donation; they are prepared to work for your generosity!


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